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  • PseudoVertical

    Ben HAMILTON, "Dystopia." Mara MARCU, critic.
    cincinnati OHIO

    University of Cincinnati, School of Architecture and Interior Design
    critic: Mara MARCU.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Mara MARCU: PseudoVertical proposes to understand the vertical -scape as a self-generating, autopoietic entity in which systems and typologies are in a continuous flux.

    This studio builds on the assumption that the traditional skyscraper has surpassed the mainstream and—like any totalitarian system—has collapsed in terms of social relevance, lost credibility and bored the public eye for the past decades. While employing programmatic cross-pollination, students were asked to select a client who has suffered severe physical, mental or personal injury and relies on the new found territory to seek reconciliation. Situated along the High Line, PseudoVertical seeks potential resolution in the very surreal culture of congestion itself: New York. The epitome of super imposed artificial order anticipating unforeseen social structures and human interactions; New York offers a multiplicity of tentacular opportunistic synapses between unpredicted amounts of strata.

    Students:
    Sydney Brown, “Faded Movement, Brightened Experience.”
    Jillian Blakely, If you were to forget it all…where would you go?”
    Ben Hamilton, “Dystopia.”

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